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Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of Vermont. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA.

CNA Certification Requirements in Vermont

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Vermont state approved certification needs to be obtained. Vermont let’s nurse assistants work for a period of 4 months, without a license while pursuing training and state certification. The 4-month period is non-renewable, so you must successfully pass the state exam during this initial period. Nursing students (enrolled in state-approved programs), foreign nurses, and military-trained personnel can apply directly to the Board for exemption from training and take the state certification exam for placement on the registry.

Become a CNA in Vermont

Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Vermont certified CNA:

1. Enroll in a state certified school.

2. Complete the training. Take practice CNA exam(this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses).

3. Register to take the state CNA exam.

4. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs!

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of Vermont, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. A high school diploma is not required to enroll in most CNA training programs. However, the school reserves the right to request a copy of your high school transcript or GED equivalent. Many schools will administer a pre-enrollment exam before admission to evaluate your reading, comprehension, and basic math skills. You must be at least 16 years old, pass a criminal background check, and attend a mandatory information session before classes begin. Vermont’s Board of Nursing approved training programs provide at least 75 hours of training divided into classroom and hands-on lab and work in a clinical setting. The tuition at Vermont’s colleges, universities, and private institutions costs an average of $650.

Here are a few local CNA Training Classes

CNA Classes in Saint Albans

Northwest Technical Center: (802) 527-0614

CNA Classes in Essex Junction

The Center of Technology, Essex: (802) 879-5558

CNA Classes in Burlington

Birchwood Terrace Healthcare: (802) 863-6384

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Search CNA Scholarships available in Vermont (free CNA training available)

Vermont CNA Testing

Pearson Vue administers the two-part nurse aide competency evaluation to Vermont’s candidates. First-time testers must take both components of the exam, written (or oral) and skills evaluation, on the same day. Candidates have up to two years after training or three attempts to pass the exam for placement on the registry. The written exam contains 70 multiple-choice questions written in English. If you have difficulty reading English, you can request the oral exam. The oral exam contains 60 multiple-choice questions and 10 reading comprehension questions to test your understanding of common English words. The duration of the written exam is 2 hours.

The second part of the exam is the 30-minute skills evaluation tests your performance of 5 nurse assistant skills; handwashing and 4 others selected at random. You must perform the critical steps in each skill in order to pass the exam.

Vermont Certification Costs

  • Written and skills exam – $130

  • Oral and skills exam – $130

  • Written retest – $35

  • Skills retest – $95

  • Oral retest – $33

  • Application fee – $20

Out-of-State CNAs

If you wish to transfer your license to Vermont, you must complete an application for endorsement.

  • Download and fill out the application for endorsement

  • Pay the application fee of $20

  • Provide copies of your initial CNA license

  • Ask your old registry to complete the applicable parts of the application and submit directly to Vermont’s registry

  • Provide a copy of your ID and a 2×2 photo

Note: If there are findings of abuse or neglect on your record, the registry will deny your application for transfer.

Contact the Registry:

Vermont Nurse Aide Registry

Vermont State Board of Nursing

Heritage Building, 81 River Street, Montpelier, VT 05609

Phone: (802) 828-2819

Alt: (802) 828-2453

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